Defence counsel trio in 'Anglo' trial shared €1m in state fees
THE three leading defence counsel in the 'Anglo' trial shared more than €1m in fees last year from State sources for their work in the criminal courts.
Brendan Grehan SC, Patrick Gageby SC and Michael O'Higgins SC shared €1.067m through their work for the DPP and on the Criminal Legal Aid scheme. In the Anglo trial, Mr O'Higgins represented Sean FitzPatrick with Mr Grehan representing Pat Whelan, and Mr Gageby representing William McAteer. Mr Grehan last year got €454,959 from State sources for work in the criminal courts, with Mr O'Higgins receiving €378,193 and Mr Gageby getting €233,898.
New figures also show that one of the lead state prosecutors in the Anglo trial, Una Ni Raifeartaigh SC, was the best-paid criminal prosecutor in the country last year receiving almost €240,000 in fees.
Overall payments to prosecutors increased from €12.2m in 2012 to €13m last year. It followed an additional 80 weeks of sittings across the Circuit Court last year to deal with a backlog.